[Letter] 1830 Oct. 3, Red Clay, Cherokee Nation [to David] Irwin and [Thomas G.] Barron / John Ross

Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842
[Letter] 1830 Oct. 3, Red Clay, Cherokee Nation [to David] Irwin and [Thomas G.] Barron / John Ross
Ross, John, 1790-1866
Manuscript held by the The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN, State Library Cherokee Collection, box 1, folder 23, document ch024.
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Cherokee Indians--Treaties
Cherokee Indians--Relocation
United States, Georgia, 32.75042, -83.50018
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This document is a letter from Principal Chief John Ross to David Irwin and Thomas G. Barron, lawyers retained by the Cherokee Nation to pursue their claims against the state of Georgia, dated October 3, 1830. Ross indicates that the Cherokee people have rejected a recent treaty proposed by John F. Schermerhorn, regarding it as unjust and oppressive. They intend to press their arguments further and express good faith in their legal representation. Ross writes that he still has faith in the magnanimity of the U.S. government and maintains hope that removal can be avoided.
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Red Clay October 3rd 1830
[deleted text: Messrs [Messieurs] ] Majors Irwin & Barron-
The Cherokee people in General Council assembled have disclaimed and most solemnly rejected the Schermerhorn's nefarious "treaty" and declared it to be a fraud upon the United States and an act of oppression on the Cherokees, and they have appointed another delegation with full powers to bring the subject again before the Govt of the United States for a final and satisfactory adjustment- this delegation are instructed to confer with the Cherokees West with the view of acting in Concert with us on this important occasion-
It is to be hoped, that we may, in the end be able to Convince the high officers of Govt that they have been too long deceived and misled by the joint exertions of some of their own Agents and certain designing individuals, in reference to Cherokee affairs, if so, some thing decisive will be done, more to the honor of the U.S. Govt. and to the sattisfaction [satisfaction] and welfare of the suffering Cherokees- Policy, common justice and the claims of humanity under existing circumstances, surely cannot longer turn a deaf [deleted text: [illegible text] ] ear

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to the Cries of the oppressed- If we succeed, you may depend upon the integrity of the Nation to act with liberal justice towards you for your legal Services to the Cherokees -- . Nevertheless, "it is hard to kick against the pricks." but my abiding confidence in the magnanimity and ultimate justice of the United States, will not yet permit me to believe that the Cherokees will [deleted text: be ] be drove away from their homes, their Native land, under the provisions of [deleted text: of ] a fraudulent & unrighteous "treaty"- I feel it incumbent upon me, therefore, to comply with the Wishes of the great mass of the Cherokees to make a further effort in their behalf -- . In doing so, I claim to be vindicating the faith and integrity of the US. Govt. as well as the rights and salvation of a weak and dependant people- [deleted text: but ] If I fail, the disgrace will not be at my hands- nor, will the sting of retributive justice pierce my heart-.

I am Gentlemen, very respectfully yr. obt Hble Servt. [your obedient Humble Servant]

[Signed] Jno [John] Ross
PS. There are certain cases pending in floyd Court in which I am a party & have never been tried- the illegal fees collected from me by the sheriff on account of the clerk has never been paid to me according to the decries of Judge Hooper, all of which I trust you will attend to [illegible text]
[Signed] JR [John Ross]